OMRON Taiyo/ Japan Sun Industries
Japan Sun Industries (Taiyo no ie), a social welfare organization, set up training facilities in Beppu (Oita Prefecture), Aichi Prefecture and Kyoto Prefecture. They provide training for people with physical disabilities to be reintegrated into society. In support of the organization's objective, OMRON has contributed donations, and through an alliance with the organization, established Japan's first welfare factories that employ people with physical disabilities: OMRON Taiyo Co., Ltd., in Beppu, Oita Prefecture in 1972, and OMRON Kyoto Taiyo Co., Ltd. in Kyoto Prefecture in 1986.
"No one is so disabled as to be unable to work at all. The people who work here are not patients but employees, and their sponsors are our investors." This is the philosophy upon which Dr. Yutaka Nakamura established Taiyo no ie. He was joined by OMRON founder Kazuma Tateisi, who introduced the motto "At work for a better life, a better world for all" as an embodiment of his credo that companies as a public servant contribute to society through its business activities.
This revolutionary thinking and the sympathetic resonance from the philosophies of these two individuals led to the establishment of OMRON Taiyo and OMRON Kyoto Taiyo, with cooperation from welfare organizations, people with disabilities and private companies.
Support for Autonomy and Independence of Employees with Disabilities
OMRON Taiyo Co., Ltd. (Beppu, Oita Prefecture) is an OMRON Group's special subsidiary company that provides employment and workplace for people with disabilities as basic principles. The employees, about half of whom have some kind of disability, receive orders from OMRON Group companies to manufacture various control devices.
Through promoting inclusive workplace, where people with and without disabilities work together, OMRON Taiyo Co., Ltd. aims to be a satisfying and rewarding, independent workplace where every employee plays a major role.
Cosponsorship and Support for Oita International Wheelchair Marathon
Oita International Wheelchair Marathon, initiated in commemoration of the United Nations' International Year of Disabled Persons in 1981, is the largest wheelchair marathon event in the world.
A large number of runners participate every year, and their struggle to overcome disability and try their best impresses audience.
Employees from OMRON Taiyo and OMRON Kyoto Taiyo also participate as runners. OMRON has offered special cosponsorship since the 8th (1988) and sent in volunteers since the 11th (1991). OMRON Group employees participate every year as volunteers and offer various kinds of support, including attending runners from the starting point to goal, arranging and organizing the venue, awarding a laurel crown to winners and making arrangement of medical and emergency cars.
Cosponsorship and Support for All-Japan Ekiden Long-distance Wheelchair Relay Race
All-Japan Ekiden Long-distance Wheelchair Relay Race is an annual event held in Kyoto since 1990. In support of the objective of the event, OMRON has offered special cosponsorship since the first year (1990). OMRON Group employees have participated as volunteers since the second year (1991) to maintain relay points along the course.
Volunteering at Summer Festival Held by Taiyo no Ie "Wheat Club"
Residents of "Taiyo no ie" have set up a team called "Wheat Club," which plans and organizes daily life improvement, sports and recreation activities.
Taiyo no ie Kyoto "Wheat Club" organizes annual summer festival, in which OMRON has participated as volunteers since 1994. OMRON Group employees in Kyoto area come to offer help in booths, and enjoy exchange through performing light music, singing gospel and selling confectionery.
Cosponsorship and Support for KIDS Project
KIDS is a non-profit organization consisting mainly of workers and students in Japan, US and Europe. The organization is dedicated to supporting children who have few opportunities to go out to various places in the society, because of social handicaps such as physical or intellectual disabilities, or living away from parents.
KIDS is an abbreviation for "Knowing is Doing Something," and also stands for children (kids).
OMRON employees participate as volunteers in a KIDS' project and escort children in a theme park, under the slogan "Interaction into the Future."